April 21, 2013

It is a debate I have heard my entire life. As a believer are we to go to the doctor or just pray for healing?

2 Chronicles 16:12, “In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was diseased in his feet – until his disease became very severe; yet in his disease he did not seek the Lord, but relied on the physicians.”

“Asa’s fault consisted in his trusting to such physicians, while he neglected to supplicate the aid and blessing of God.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. I

Doctors prescribe the medications that subdue the symptoms or kill the infection that is keeping the body from healing. Doctors cannot heal: God heals, doctors remove obstacles to healing.

We look to God for healing and to doctors for help. The medications allow us to continue in our daily routines as opposed to lying in bed moaning while we wait for God’s healing.